The Huawei Mate 50 series, the manufacturer’s flagship lineup for 2022, will launch this Tuesday (September 6), a day before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 series. Yu Chengdong, also known as Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, said in a video about the Mate 50 phone that the company will release technology that “goes straight into the sky.”
Huawei could be a day ahead of Apple in introducing satellite connectivity to the Mate 50 series
Yu may be referring to some type of satellite connectivity in Huawei’s upcoming flagship phone.At the end of last month, the Beijing-based Pandaily reports that Huawei has been granted a patent titled “Satellite Communication Means and Equipment.” The patent explains how Huawei will use satellites to improve the performance of the phone’s communication capabilities while reducing energy consumption.
Huawei to launch Mate 50 series on September 6
The company has also filed other satellite patents related to smartphones. While all this information points to satellite connectivity for the Mate 50 series, perhaps the most reliable evidence comes from TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While Guo is known for accurate calls to iPhones, he said the Mate 50 will “lead the iPhone” to provide emergency text messaging (SMS also known as text) via satellite communications run by the Beidou system.
At the end of last month, Guo said Apple has completed satellite connectivity testing for the iPhone 14 series before the phones begin mass production. Kuo said, “Whether the iPhone 14 will offer satellite communication services depends on whether Apple and the carriers can work out the business model.” Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said last year that Apple would offer satellite services to allow iPhone users in areas without cellular service Send emergency text messages (these text messages appear in gray text bubbles on other iPhones).
Due to the US restrictions on Huawei (a sickening track record has been recorded here), the Chinese manufacturer is not as real a threat to Apple in the market as it was a few years ago.Interestingly, this sounds like Huawei and Apple has similar plans for how to use a satellite connection to send text messages via satellite when no cellular signal is available. The idea is for phone owners to report emergencies they witnessed or participated in.
Huawei is expected to launch four Mate 50 models on Tuesday, September 6th: Mate 50e (powered by Snapdragon 778), Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and Mate 50 RS (Porsche Design). The latter three models will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G SoC.
Huawei rumored to unveil new emergency battery mode for Mate 50 series
The new Mate 50 series will come with HarmonyOS 3.0 pre-installed and have Speculation about emergency battery mode, which allows users to make calls and send text messages even after the phone’s battery runs out.
Coming back to the idea of adding satellite connectivity to smartphones, the ultimate goal is for satellite companies to provide smartphone users with connectivity that allows them to receive data and make calls even in the most inhospitable areas. It’s unclear how users would pay for such a service, which is why Guo came up with the “business model” we mentioned earlier.
The Mate 50 series will also feature a variable aperture lens, while Huawei, which no longer works with Leica, named its in-house photography system XMAGE. Huawei previously released two flagship models every year, the photography-focused P series at the beginning of the year and the technologically advanced Mate 50 series at the end of the year. But restrictions imposed on the company, particularly on chips, have forced Huawei to launch only one flagship series a year as it alternates between the two models.
And now, despite its disability, Huawei is about to beat Apple in a day by announcing satellite connectivity for its new flagship phones.